[vbox-dev] proposal: Unattended Guest OS Installs for VirtualBox ?

Armindo Silva deathon2legs at gmail.com
Fri Dec 16 15:28:23 GMT 2011

For ubuntu/debian as host and guests you can use (or build an
graphical interface) around vmbuilder
It supports several hypervisors (including virtualbox), you can add
packages, users, network configuration, disks/partitions directly from
the command line.
For windows host and guests, maybe vmlite (http://www.vmlite.com/ - i
haven't tried this, just looked into their website).

On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM, Alexey Eromenko <al4321 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM, Branko Majic <branko at majic.rs> wrote:
>> To be honest, that looks a bit out of scope in relation to VirtualBox. Some distros provide means for unattended installs, though (RH/Fedora Kickstart, or Debiab preseed).
> As I said, competition has this feature *built-in* into the
> virtualizer itself. It means this is very much in the scope. Modern
> virtualizer should not be spartan (for that we have KVM), but it
> should become nice bells-and-whsitles, nice GUI tools, built-in.
> The unattended installs of various distros (Red Hat kickstart, SUSE
> Yast, Debian preseed, and Windows unattended) are hard to use for
> newbies. Those will become back-ends.
> The goal is to provide integrated, streamlined and GUI-driven
> interface for those backends. We will use distro-specific installers
> internally, but users will use GUI (with very few questions), not
> commands.
> --
> -Alexey Eromenko "Technologov"
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